In grateful response to God's grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacraments, the mission of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities, and the world.
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning in our church body,because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.
The congregations of the Synod are "confessional." They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. (The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.
The Official Seal of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod below is a visual reminder of our congregation's commitment to God's Word in the Lutheran Confessions. For a detailed explanation, click on the seal.
Empowered by the Spirit, compelled by God's love and forgiveness, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrates and shares Jesus Christ through worship and witness, nurture and fellowship.
As a Synod we pray that we will be...
1. Strongly in the Word so that: We believe personally the good news of the forgiveness of our sin through the life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and joyfully apply this Gospel message to our daily life.
2. People sensitive and Christ centered so that: We reflect the love of Christ in our lives as we care and show concern for those around us.
3. Reaching out boldly with the Gospel so that: More people in our communities, our nation and throughout the world are drawn by the Holy Spirit to believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, is their only savior from sin and their only hope for eternal life with God.
4. Faithful to the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confessions so that: We prize highly that which we as an Evangelical Lutheran church believe, teach and confess.
5. Marked by peace and unity so that: We build and strengthen the bond of peace and unity among us and by the grace of God overcome divisions, acknowledge legitimate differences and eliminate roadblocks to the work of the Holy Spirit.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Church Address: • Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
3825 Wildbriar Lane • Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-4502